Today, I had the rare opportunity to witness one of the most unethical practices one could commit in the graphic design field.
Two weeks ago, we moved offices to bigger space. Upon moving, I noticed the sign on the office next door read “Website Services” among a myriad services, including surveillance cameras and other random things. I thought nothing of it, besides, there are far more websites to be worked on than what my firm can handle.
Last week, one of my designers was invited into their office and engaged in the expected “small talk”. The subject of logo design came up and the owner mentioned that they, too, provide logo design. Their methodology was, at the least, amazing.
Step 1: Do an industry search on Google Images. Find a suitable logo that symbolizes your client.
Step 2: Download and import it into your preferred design software.
Step 3: re-color the logo and remove the name.
Step 4: Replace the name in similar type, save, and deliver to the client.
I tested this process with our logo and it only took about 4 minutes to complete. See below.
This means that they could, in theory, generate $1,485 an hour for their masterful thievery. Should you ever decide to get a logo designed or, really any visual representation of your company, please remember that you get what you pay for.